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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 June 1978Greenwich, London, England, UK
Birth NameDominic Edward Cooper
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dominic Edward Cooper was born and raised in Greenwich, London, England. His mother, Julie (Heron), is a nursery school teacher and a keen theater-goer. His father, Brian Cooper, is an auctioneer. They divorced when Dominic was age 5. His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E.T. Heron, who published The Kinematograph Weekly. He has two older brothers, Nathan and Simon. He had a sister who died in a car accident when she was age 5, which happened before Dominic was born. He also has a half-sister from an extramarital affair by his father and a half-brother from his father's second marriage.

He went to school in Kidbrooke, attending the Thomas Tallis School. He didn't know what to do afterwards and his girlfriend, at the time, suggested that he should apply to drama school. He did his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He performed in the end of year play 'Waiting For Godot' and this performance landed him the renowned agent Pippa Markham.

He graduated in 2000 and started with a few minor roles in television and theater. In 2004, he landed a role at the National Theatre with 'The History Boys'. He originated the role of Dakin, as he was involved in the play from the very beginning. He played the role for two years on the stage and then, for the final time, in his breakthrough film role The History Boys (2006).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Trivia (11)

Nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2006 for the role of Dakin in the Broadway production of Alan Bennett's "The History Boys."
Replaced Orlando Bloom in An Education.
Auditioned for the role of Fandral in Thor.
Auditioned for the role of Anton in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, but lost out to Andrew Garfield.
Shared a house with James Corden who he co-starred with in The History Boys (2006).
He was banned from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts' final-year musical for having no sense of rhythm. He performed in the end of year play instead.
His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E.T. Heron, who published The Kinematograph Weekly.
Playing the role of "Dakin" in The History Boys on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, NY. It officially opens April 23, 2006. [April 2006]
Starring in "The History Boys" at the National Theatre, London, as Dakin. [2005]
One of his maternal great-grandmothers was Scottish.
Introduced friend and former roommate James Corden to his wife-to-be Julia Carey.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on filming The Devil's Double (2011), with co-star Ludivine Sagnier] I think we both see the ridiculous nature of the business, and we can both laugh at it. I think that's what the key to survival is as an actor. You can never really take yourself too seriously. It's playing, even when the materials is this dark and this serious and this real.
I remember, growing up, thinking James Bond was cool. He just drove fast cars and had great gadgets. I'm amazed he's survived, because in some ways he's quite an old-fashioned idea. But he lives a life that's rather alluring.
Fleming (Ian Fleming) was actually a very brutal man, and a lot of the things he did were awful. So there has to be an element of James Bond to him, too, an element of lightheartedness and charm, that's what's fun to watch.

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